King February 26, 2019

Comedian Brandon Cox Sanford outside his home in Henderson, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. Cox Sanford was born with HIV and brings it up in his standup sets to destigmatize the virus. (Rachel Aston/Las ...

When Brandon Cox Sanford first told a group of strangers he was HIV-positive, nerves overtook him.

Cox Sanford, then 23, stood in front of a science class at Columbia College in Chicago,…We hope you’re enjoying our content. Subscribe today to continue reading this story, and all of our stories, for just 99 cents.

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The evolution of treatment

While there’s no cure for HIV, antiretroviral therapy can make the disease undetectable, and therefore virtually untransmittable, in HIV-positive people.

The disease is no longer a death sentence, experts say.

“Today, someone diagnosed with HIV and treated before the disease is far advanced can live nearly as long as someone who does not have HIV,” according to the federal site.

Upcoming show

Cox Sanford will perform at the Las Vegas Smokin’ Comedy Showcase on March 13 at 8 p.m. at Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern, 725 S. Las Vegas Blvd.